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List of Formula One polesitters

Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the most career pole positions with 74.

Formula One, abbreviated to F1, is the highest class of open-wheeled auto racing defined by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's world governing body.[1] The "formula" in the name refers to a set of rules to which all participants and cars must conform. The F1 World Championship season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held usually on purpose-built circuits, and in a few cases on closed city streets. The polesitter is the driver that has qualified for a Grand Prix in pole position, at the front of the starting grid. Drivers are awarded points based on their position at the end of each race, and the driver who accumulates the most points over each calendar year is crowned that year's World Champion. Out of 983 completed Grands Prix (as of the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix), the driver that has qualified on pole position has gone on to win the race 411 times.[2]

Qualifying is traditionally contested on the Saturday of a Grand Prix weekend to determine the drivers' positions on the starting grid. Historically, there have been a number of different qualifying systems; previously, each driver was only allowed a single lap to set his qualifying time.[3] Drivers currently have to compete in three rounds before pole position is determined. The first round known as Q1 is contested by twenty drivers in an 18-minute session, at the end of which the five slowest cars are eliminated. This is followed by Q2, a 15-minute session, where the slowest five are again eliminated. The remaining ten cars contest Q3, the final 12-minute session to determine their places on the grid and who will sit on pole-position.[4]

Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the most pole positions, having qualified first on 74 occasions. Michael Schumacher is second with 68 pole positions.[5]Ayrton Senna is third with 65 poles. Senna holds the record for the most consecutive poles; he qualified in first place eight Grands Prix in a row from the 1988 Spanish Grand Prix to the 1989 United States Grand Prix.[6] Sebastian Vettel is the youngest polesitter, he was 21 years, 72 days old when he qualified in first place for the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.[7] The oldest person to qualify in pole position was Nino Farina, who was 47 years, 79 days old when he was polesitter for the 1954 Argentine Grand Prix.[8] As of the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix, 98 drivers have been on pole position in the 983 Grands Prix since the first World Championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix.[9] From 2014 onwards the driver who achieves the most pole positions in a season is awarded the Pole Trophy. The inaugural Pole Trophy was won by Nico Rosberg; the 2015, 2016 and 2017 trophies were won by Lewis Hamilton.

Contents

Polesitter totalsEdit

Since 1950, 98 different drivers have been Formula 1 Polesitters.

By driverEdit

All figures correct as of the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix

Key
Drivers who have competed in the 2018 season
Bold Formula One World Champion
Formula One polesitters
Rank Driver Country Poles Seasons active First pole Last pole
1 Hamilton, LewisLewis Hamilton   United Kingdom 74 2007 2007 Canadian Grand Prix 2018 Spanish Grand Prix
2 Schumacher, MichaelMichael Schumacher   Germany 68 19912006
20102012
1994 Monaco Grand Prix 2006 French Grand Prix
3 Senna, AyrtonAyrton Senna   Brazil 65 19841994 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
4 Vettel, SebastianSebastian Vettel   Germany 54 2007 2008 Italian Grand Prix 2018 Canadian Grand Prix
5 Clark, JimJim Clark   United Kingdom 33 19601968 1962 Monaco Grand Prix 1968 South African Grand Prix
5 Prost, AlainAlain Prost   France 33 19801991
1993
1981 German Grand Prix 1993 Japanese Grand Prix
7 Mansell, NigelNigel Mansell   United Kingdom 32 19801992
19941995
1984 Dallas Grand Prix 1994 Australian Grand Prix
8 Rosberg, NicoNico Rosberg   Germany 30 20062016 2012 Chinese Grand Prix 2016 Japanese Grand Prix
9 Fangio, Juan ManuelJuan Manuel Fangio   Argentina 29 19501951
19531958
1950 Monaco Grand Prix 1958 Argentine Grand Prix
10 Hakkinen, MikaMika Häkkinen   Finland 26 19912001 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix 2000 Belgian Grand Prix
11 Lauda, NikiNiki Lauda   Austria 24 19711979
19821985
1974 South African Grand Prix 1978 South African Grand Prix
11 Piquet, NelsonNelson Piquet   Brazil 24 19781991 1980 United States Grand Prix West 1987 Spanish Grand Prix
13 Alonso, FernandoFernando Alonso   Spain 22 2001
2003
2003 Malaysian Grand Prix 2012 German Grand Prix
14 Hill, DamonDamon Hill   United Kingdom 20 19921999 1993 French Grand Prix 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix
15 Andretti, MarioMario Andretti   United States 18 19681972
19741982
1968 United States Grand Prix 1982 Italian Grand Prix
15 Arnoux, RenéRené Arnoux   France 18 19781989 1979 Austrian Grand Prix 1983 British Grand Prix
17 Stewart, JackieJackie Stewart   United Kingdom 17 19651973 1969 Monaco Grand Prix 1973 German Grand Prix
17 Raikkonen, KimiKimi Räikkönen   Finland 17 20012009
2012
2003 European Grand Prix 2017 Monaco Grand Prix
19 Moss, StirlingStirling Moss   United Kingdom 16 19511961 1955 British Grand Prix 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
19 Massa, FelipeFelipe Massa   Brazil 16 2002
20042017
2006 Turkish Grand Prix 2014 Austrian Grand Prix
21 Ascari, AlbertoAlberto Ascari   Italy 14 19501955 1951 German Grand Prix 1954 Spanish Grand Prix
21 Peterson, RonnieRonnie Peterson   Sweden 14 19701978 1973 Brazilian Grand Prix 1978 Austrian Grand Prix
21 Hunt, JamesJames Hunt   United Kingdom 14 19731979 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix 1977 United States Grand Prix
21 Barrichello, RubensRubens Barrichello   Brazil 14 19932011 1994 Belgian Grand Prix 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix
25 Brabham, JackJack Brabham   Australia 13 19551970 1959 British Grand Prix 1970 Spanish Grand Prix
25 Hill, GrahamGraham Hill   United Kingdom 13 19581975 1962 Belgian Grand Prix 1968 British Grand Prix
25 Ickx, JackyJacky Ickx   Belgium 13 19671979 1968 German Grand Prix 1972 Italian Grand Prix
25 Villeneuve, JacquesJacques Villeneuve   Canada 13 19962006 1996 Australian Grand Prix 1997 European Grand Prix
25 Montoya, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Montoya   Colombia 13 20012006 2001 German Grand Prix 2005 Belgian Grand Prix
25 Webber, MarkMark Webber   Australia 13 20022013 2009 German Grand Prix 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
31 Berger, GerhardGerhard Berger   Austria 12 19841997 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix 1997 German Grand Prix
31 Coulthard, DavidDavid Coulthard   United Kingdom 12 19942008 1995 Argentine Grand Prix 2001 Monaco Grand Prix
33 Rindt, JochenJochen Rindt   Austria 10 19641970 1968 French Grand Prix 1970 Austrian Grand Prix
34 Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees   United Kingdom 8 19601972 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix 1968 Italian Grand Prix
34 Patrese, RiccardoRiccardo Patrese   Italy 8 19771993 1981 United States Grand Prix West 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix
34 Button, JensonJenson Button   United Kingdom 8 20002017 2004 San Marino Grand Prix 2012 Belgian Grand Prix
37 Laffite, JacquesJacques Laffite   France 7 19741986 1976 Italian Grand Prix 1981 Spanish Grand Prix
38 Hill, PhilPhil Hill   United States 6 19581964
1966
1960 Italian Grand Prix 1961 German Grand Prix
38 Reutemann, CarlosCarlos Reutemann   Argentina 6 19721982 1972 Argentine Grand Prix 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
38 Fittipaldi, EmersonEmerson Fittipaldi   Brazil 6 19701980 1972 Monaco Grand Prix 1974 Canadian Grand Prix
38 Jabouille, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Jabouille   France 6 19741975
19771981
1979 South African Grand Prix 1980 South African Grand Prix
38 Jones, AlanAlan Jones   Australia 6 19751981
1983
19851986
1979 British Grand Prix 1980 German Grand Prix
38 Schumacher, RalfRalf Schumacher   Germany 6 19972007 2001 French Grand Prix 2005 Japanese Grand Prix
44 Farina, NinoNino Farina   Italy 5 19501955 1950 British Grand Prix 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
44 Amon, ChrisChris Amon   New Zealand 5 19631976 1968 Spanish Grand Prix 1972 French Grand Prix
44 Regazzoni, ClayClay Regazzoni    Switzerland 5 19701980 1970 Mexican Grand Prix 1976 United States Grand Prix West
44 Rosberg, KekeKeke Rosberg   Finland 5 19781986 1982 British Grand Prix 1986 German Grand Prix
44 Tambay, PatrickPatrick Tambay   France 5 19771979
19811986
1983 United States Grand Prix West 1984 French Grand Prix
49 Hawthorn, MikeMike Hawthorn   United Kingdom 4 19521958 1958 Belgian Grand Prix 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
49 Pironi, DidierDidier Pironi   France 4 19781982 1980 Monaco Grand Prix 1982 German Grand Prix
49 Fisichella, GiancarloGiancarlo Fisichella   Italy 4 19962009 1998 Austrian Grand Prix 2009 Belgian Grand Prix
49 Trulli, JarnoJarno Trulli   Italy 4 19972011 2004 Monaco Grand Prix 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix
49 Bottas, ValtteriValtteri Bottas   Finland 4 2013 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
54 González, José FroilánJosé Froilán González   Argentina 3 1950-1957
1960
1951 British Grand Prix 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
54 Brooks, TonyTony Brooks   United Kingdom 3 19561961 1958 Monaco Grand Prix 1959 German Grand Prix
54 Gurney, DanDan Gurney   United States 3 19591968
1970
1962 German Grand Prix 1964 Belgian Grand Prix
54 Jarier, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Jarier   France 3 1971
19731983
1975 Argentine Grand Prix 1978 Canadian Grand Prix
54 Scheckter, JodyJody Scheckter   South Africa 3 19721980 1976 Swedish Grand Prix 1979 Monaco Grand Prix
54 de Angelis, ElioElio de Angelis   Italy 3 19791986 1983 European Grand Prix 1985 Canadian Grand Prix
54 Fabi, TeoTeo Fabi   Italy 3 1982
19841987
1985 German Grand Prix 1986 Italian Grand Prix
61 Lewis-Evans, StuartStuart Lewis-Evans   United Kingdom 2 19571958 1957 Italian Grand Prix 1958 Dutch Grand Prix
61 Siffert, JoJo Siffert    Switzerland 2 19621971 1968 Mexican Grand Prix 1971 Austrian Grand Prix
61 Watson, JohnJohn Watson   United Kingdom 2 19731983
1985
1977 Monaco Grand Prix 1978 French Grand Prix
61 Villeneuve, GillesGilles Villeneuve   Canada 2 19771982 1979 United States Grand Prix West 1981 San Marino Grand Prix
61 Alboreto, MicheleMichele Alboreto   Italy 2 19811994 1984 Belgian Grand Prix 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
61 Alesi, JeanJean Alesi   France 2 19892001 1994 Italian Grand Prix 1997 Italian Grand Prix
61 Frentzen, Heinz-HaraldHeinz-Harald Frentzen   Germany 2 19942003 1997 Monaco Grand Prix 1999 European Grand Prix
61 Ricciardo, DanielDaniel Ricciardo   Australia 2 2011 2016 Monaco Grand Prix 2018 Monaco Grand Prix
69 Faulkner, WaltWalt Faulkner   United States 1 19501951
19531955
1950 Indianapolis 500 1950 Indianapolis 500
69 Nalon, DukeDuke Nalon   United States 1 19511953 1951 Indianapolis 500 1951 Indianapolis 500
69 Agabashian, FredFred Agabashian   United States 1 19501957 1952 Indianapolis 500 1952 Indianapolis 500
69 Vukovich, BillBill Vukovich   United States 1 19511955 1953 Indianapolis 500 1953 Indianapolis 500
69 McGrath, JackJack McGrath   United States 1 19501955 1954 Indianapolis 500 1954 Indianapolis 500
69 Hoyt, JerryJerry Hoyt   United States 1 1950
19531955
1955 Indianapolis 500 1955 Indianapolis 500
69 Castellotti, EugenioEugenio Castellotti   Italy 1 19551957 1955 Belgian Grand Prix 1955 Belgian Grand Prix
69 Flaherty, PatPat Flaherty   United States 1 1950
19531956
1959
1956 Indianapolis 500 1956 Indianapolis 500
69 O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor   United States 1 19541958 1957 Indianapolis 500 1957 Indianapolis 500
69 Rathmann, DickDick Rathmann   United States 1 1950
19561960
1958 Indianapolis 500 1958 Indianapolis 500
69 Thomson, JohnnyJohnny Thomson   United States 1 19531960 1959 Indianapolis 500 1959 Indianapolis 500
69 Bonnier, JoJo Bonnier   Sweden 1 19561971 1959 Dutch Grand Prix 1959 Dutch Grand Prix
69 Sachs, EddieEddie Sachs   United States 1 19571960 1960 Indianapolis 500 1960 Indianapolis 500
69 von Trips, WolfgangWolfgang von Trips   Germany 1 19561961 1961 Italian Grand Prix 1961 Italian Grand Prix
69 Bandini, LorenzoLorenzo Bandini   Italy 1 19611967 1966 French Grand Prix 1966 French Grand Prix
69 Parkes, MikeMike Parkes   United Kingdom 1 1959
19661967
1966 Italian Grand Prix 1966 Italian Grand Prix
69 Revson, PeterPeter Revson   United States 1 1964
19711974
1972 Canadian Grand Prix 1972 Canadian Grand Prix
69 Hulme, DennyDenny Hulme   New Zealand 1 19651974 1973 South African Grand Prix 1973 South African Grand Prix
69 Depailler, PatrickPatrick Depailler   France 1 1972
19741980
1974 Swedish Grand Prix 1974 Swedish Grand Prix
69 Pace, José CarlosJosé Carlos Pace   Brazil 1 19721977 1975 South African Grand Prix 1975 South African Grand Prix
69 Brambilla, VittorioVittorio Brambilla   Italy 1 19741980 1975 Swedish Grand Prix 1975 Swedish Grand Prix
69 Pryce, TomTom Pryce   United Kingdom 1 19741977 1975 British Grand Prix 1975 British Grand Prix
69 Giacomelli, BrunoBruno Giacomelli   Italy 1 19771983
1990
1980 United States Grand Prix 1980 United States Grand Prix
69 de Cesaris, AndreaAndrea de Cesaris   Italy 1 19801994 1982 United States Grand Prix West 1982 United States Grand Prix West
69 Boutsen, ThierryThierry Boutsen   Belgium 1 19831993 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix
69 Heidfeld, NickNick Heidfeld   Germany 1 20002011 2005 European Grand Prix 2005 European Grand Prix
69 Kubica, RobertRobert Kubica   Poland 1 20062010 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix
69 Kovalainen, HeikkiHeikki Kovalainen   Finland 1 20072013 2008 British Grand Prix 2008 British Grand Prix
69 Hülkenberg, NicoNico Hülkenberg   Germany 1 2010
2012
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
69 Maldonado, PastorPastor Maldonado   Venezuela 1 20112015 2012 Spanish Grand Prix 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

By nationalityEdit

Formula One polesitters by country
Country Poles Driver(s)
  United Kingdom 260 17
  Germany 163 8
  Brazil 126 6
  France 79 9
  Finland 53 5
  Italy 48 13
  Austria 46 3
  United States 39 15
  Argentina 38 3
  Australia 34 4
  Spain 22 1
  Canada 15 2
  Sweden 15 2
  Belgium 14 2
  Colombia 13 1
   Switzerland 7 2
  New Zealand 6 2
  South Africa 3 1
  Poland 1 1
  Venezuela 1 1

Driver with most pole positions in each seasonEdit

All figures correct as of the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix

Key
Drivers who have competed in the 2018 season
Bold Won the World Championship in the same year
Year Driver Constructor Races Poles
1950   Juan Manuel Fangio   Alfa Romeo 7 4
1951   Juan Manuel Fangio   Alfa Romeo 8 4
1952   Alberto Ascari   Ferrari 8 5
1953   Alberto Ascari   Ferrari 9 6
1954   Juan Manuel Fangio   Maserati,   Mercedes 9 5
1955   Juan Manuel Fangio   Mercedes 7 3
1956   Juan Manuel Fangio   Ferrari 8 6
1957   Juan Manuel Fangio   Maserati 8 4
1958   Mike Hawthorn   Ferrari 11 4
1959   Stirling Moss   Cooper-Climax 9 4
1960   Stirling Moss   Cooper-Climax 10 4
1961   Phil Hill   Ferrari 8 5
1962   Jim Clark   Lotus-Climax 9 6
1963   Jim Clark   Lotus-Climax 10 7
1964   Jim Clark   Lotus-Climax 10 5
1965   Jim Clark   Lotus-Climax 10 6
1966   Jack Brabham   Brabham-Repco 9 3
1967   Jim Clark   Lotus-Ford 11 6
1968   Chris Amon   Ferrari 12 3
1969   Jochen Rindt   Lotus-Ford 11 5
1970   Jackie Stewart   Tyrrell-Ford 13 4
1971   Jackie Stewart   Tyrrell-Ford 11 6
1972   Jacky Ickx   Ferrari 12 4
1973   Ronnie Peterson   Lotus-Ford 15 9
1974   Niki Lauda   Ferrari 15 9
1975   Niki Lauda   Ferrari 14 9
1976   James Hunt   McLaren-Ford 16 8
1977   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford 17 7
1978   Mario Andretti   Lotus-Ford 16 8
1979   Jean-Pierre Jabouille   Renault 15 4
1980   René Arnoux   Renault 14 3
1981   René Arnoux   Renault 15 4
1982   Alain Prost   Renault 16 5
1983   René Arnoux   Ferrari 15 4
1984   Nelson Piquet   Brabham-BMW 16 9
1985   Ayrton Senna   Team Lotus-Renault 16 7
1986   Ayrton Senna   Team Lotus-Renault 16 8
1987   Nigel Mansell   Williams-Honda 16 8
1988   Ayrton Senna   McLaren-Honda 16 13
1989   Ayrton Senna   McLaren-Honda 16 13
1990   Ayrton Senna   McLaren-Honda 16 10
1991   Ayrton Senna   McLaren-Honda 16 8
1992   Nigel Mansell   Williams-Renault 16 14
1993   Alain Prost   Williams-Renault 16 13
1994   Michael Schumacher   Benetton-Ford 16 6
1995   Damon Hill   Williams-Renault 17 7
1996   Damon Hill   Williams-Renault 16 9
1997   Jacques Villeneuve   Williams-Renault 17 10
1998   Mika Häkkinen   McLaren-Mercedes 16 9
1999   Mika Häkkinen   McLaren-Mercedes 16 11
2000   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari 17 9
2001   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari 17 11
2002   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari 17 6
2003   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari 16 5
2004   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari 18 8
2005   Fernando Alonso   Renault 19 6
2006   Fernando Alonso   Renault 18 6
2007   Lewis Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes 17 6
2008   Lewis Hamilton   McLaren-Mercedes 18 7
2009   Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault 17 4
2010   Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault 19 10
2011   Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault 19 15
2012   Lewis Hamilton   McLaren-Mercedes 20 7
2013   Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault 19 9
2014   Nico Rosberg   Mercedes 19 11
2015   Lewis Hamilton   Mercedes 19 11
2016   Lewis Hamilton   Mercedes 21 12
2017   Lewis Hamilton   Mercedes 20 11
2018   Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari 7* 4*

  Awarded via count-back system due to equal number of pole positions, mirroring the process for the FIA Pole Trophy
* Season still in progress

ReferencesEdit

General

Specific

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